The Arts


Theater at EHS

Effective theater can move an audience to laugh, to think, or even to cry. It transports us out of our everyday lives and into a world where characters speak what they feel, and not always what they ought to say.

Theater at Episcopal challenges every student involved to participate as both an actor and a stage technician. “Everyone does everything” is the best way to sum up our collaborative, active approach to the work we do both in classes and in the after-school program. We produce a wide variety of productions in a dynamic and creative environment where students learn to take risks and communicate with honesty, clarity, and passion.

Students develop their skills of expression and communication in service of the story and the audience. Scripts are chosen heavily from classical theater and other stories that reflect the themes, ideas, and cultures studied in English, history, and modern and classical language courses.


  • Three or four Main Stage productions each year
  • One or two plays produced by each acting class every semester
  • Participation in the Folger Secondary School Shakespeare Festival
  • Travel to the Virginia Theatre Association high school conference
  • Workshops with visiting artists, including Yale University's improv troupe, Just Add Water; Chris Niebling, fight choreographer and stage combat instructor; and the American Shakespeare Center
  • Internships with Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, and other local companies
  • Trips to the Kennedy Center, National Theatre, Ford's Theatre, and Folger Theatre, among others

Bailey Coleman '15

The three things that I’m always using in theater at Episcopal are my brain, my hands, and my heart. I came here knowing that I loved to perform, but since joining EHS theater, I have learned how to use power tools, decode Shakespeare, run the light board, fix costumes, move giant puppets, and so much more. Working on both sides of the curtain makes the whole process of bringing the play to life that much more meaningful. It’s the kind of experience that not every school offers, and I love it.

Previous Productions

A selection of previous Main Stage productions include:
  • Journey to the West, an adaptation of one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China
  • Working, by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
  • Macbeth
  • Almost, Maine, by John Cariani
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Women of Troy, an adaptation of Euripides The Trojan Women
  • Lucky Stiff, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
  • Finger Painting in a Murphy Bed, by David L. Paterson
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley
  • Oliver!
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Loot, by Joe Orton